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Early Morning Exercise Tips

Everything You Need to Make a Morning Workout Happen

If you only have enough energy to plop yourself on the couch by the time evening rolls around, morning workouts may be your only option. Here's a little motivation for you: research has shown that morning exercisers tend to work out harder and longer than afternoon or evening exercisers, which means more calories burned. If you're not a get-up-and-go kind of morning person, here are some ways to prep for morning workouts the night before, so you can wake up at the last possible moment and work out!

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  • Skip the morning scavenger hunt: Don't give up on the morning run because you can't find your sock or sneaker or sports bra. Prepping the night before only takes a few minutes and helps avoid wasted time frantically searching for the essentials. Do a load of laundry if you need to, and then lay out your outfit so when you wake up, you can slip it on and go. Some extremely tired devoted morning exercisers even wear part of their outfit to bed!
  • Gear up: Charge your iPod, put your yoga mat or armband by the door, put your fave fitness video in the DVD player, or lay your dumbbells next to the TV.
  • Eat right: Since working out on an empty stomach isn't great for your metabolism or your energy levels, premake a little morning snack and keep it in the fridge so you can quickly grab it to nosh on while getting ready. Half a slice of whole-wheat toast with peanut butter, apple slices with cheese, and ingredients for a small smoothie are the perfect pre-workout snack. If eating before a workout is not an option, make sure you fill up on breakfast afterward.
  • Early to bed: Be sure to hit the hay early so you're well rested, and set your alarm to wake up to your favorite peppy song. If you tend to hit the snooze button way too many times, try putting your alarm clock on the other side of the room.
  • Pencil it in: Text or call a friend to set up a fitness date. If you decide on a time to meet in the a.m., you'll feel obligated to go, even if your mind and body tell you otherwise.
  • Get psyched! Check the schedule at your gym or studio, and choose an exciting and inspirational class to look forward to. A 6 a.m. Zumba class with your favorite instructor or sunrise yoga in a heated studio is sure to pull you out of bed. Or if music moves you, create a new workout playlist to motivate.
  • Post-workout treat: Plan a special breakfast to eat after your workout as a reward for your efforts. You'll get through your workout a little faster knowing there's a hot cup of coffee and homemade oatmeal pumpkin spice bread waiting for you at home.
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jfargo jfargo 1 year

I started working out in the morning last week and it's getting easier and easier every day. The hardest part is actually getting out of bed... once you're up it feels great.

Joyce2479339 Joyce2479339 3 years
Hard for me to get up in the morning when i have to pick my bf from work at 1am :c . I'm such a morning person if I sleep past 11pm it is likely I will have slept for 10hours :| I over sleep when I go to bed it so annoying though I should use my alarm clock and not my phone to get up because i have habit of snoozing in zombie state and putting it under my body . I dunno how many times I have woken up for work being like OH GOD OH GOD and running out the door with arms flailing lol! I'm slowly trying to make good lifestyle changes while I am still young and I think this is my next goal . Hopefully my bf will get to drive my car to work soon and I can get to bed !!
Giasbash6260 Giasbash6260 4 years
I like knowing that I have a yummy breakfast waiting when I get up in the morning, that's motivation to get out of bed! Then after I enjoy it, I head to the gym to kick my own ass! ha ha. When I have to wake up before 6:45 am, I typically wait until AFTER the work out to eat because any time BEFORE 6:45 am I am still full from the night before, lol. http://www.gigieatscelebrities.com
manmeet01 manmeet01 4 years
i wakes up early in the morning at 5 o'clock. it is a very good time for our healths n i am doing workouts daily than i feel fit. i suggest to all friends u r do exercize daily.
bjeanne18 bjeanne18 4 years
I have the most difficult time waking up early to workout!!! I think it's the getting myself to bed on time thing that I fail at.. I'm a night owl for sure.
hholmquist16 hholmquist16 4 years
I have found that I can wake up if I start my convincing at night. I tell myself repeatedly at night that I WILL wake up and work out in the morning when my alarm clock goes off. That way, I am already convinced when it does go off. If I don't tell myself at night a lot then I tend to hit the snooze button. www.challengerunconquer.com
margomargo margomargo 4 years
Been an early-morning gym frequenter for years. love it. The only piece I'm missing is the pre-workout sustenance. Can never find anything carb-free and quick to inhale before I head out. Any tips?
Soniabonya Soniabonya 5 years
I used to workout regularly in the morning but ever since I moved in with my fiance it's been harder and harder to unsnuggle myself from the warm bed and cats. I can do it several days in a row and then I fall off the wagon. Today I forced myself out of bed. I figured if I didn't go to cycle class, then I wasn't going to work out at all and I hated the thought, so off to class I went and boy am I glad I did. :)
benheld benheld 5 years
I agree with the "Just Do It" responders. I allow myself one snooze, then drag myself out of bed, and get going. Working out early in the morning isn't ideal, but it's the only time that I can guarantee the rest of my life won't get between me and a good workout. Love it!
runningesq runningesq 5 years
Kellanawida, it's not motivation: it's just getting up and DOING. I can't think about it -- I just have to get up and GO. If I start thinking about "just 5 more minutes" or how to fit it in after work, I'll eventually talk myself out of it. I have to go on autopilot !
naked_american naked_american 5 years
Nope, can't work out in the morning. I simply don't have the energy. I go to the gym right after work, a few hours after I've eaten, and I find that's the best time for me personally.
Susmita Susmita 5 years
I agree with the folks who are saying "just do it." Also, the hardest part is actually GETTING out of bed. Once you are up and in the bathroom, brushing your teeth, etc., you feel fine. So just don't think about it -- if you lay there and think "oh, I'm too tired to run this morning," you won't get up! Also, the worst thing to do is to hit snooze -- I finally got myself an alarm clock without a snooze button. www.vegrun.blogspot.com
any any 5 years
well right now i cant workout, I just pass a cold and bronquitis it was awful, but next week Ima be able to start again, im going to change my workout hour thanx sugar!
kellylouise kellylouise 5 years
I've been thinking about it a lot lately. (Last two years or so!) Taking a jog around 7/8PM just doesn't work, when I'm usually extremely exhausted. But hopefully, if I keep the thought in my head, the courage and motivation will finally come to me to actually do it.
Kellanawida Kellanawida 5 years
I'd love to find the motivation to get up early!
Spectra Spectra 5 years
I keep a big bottle of ice water in the fridge that I look forward to drinking before my morning workout. Usually, I try to go to be early but it can be tough in the summer with the days being so long, so I use room darkening shades to block out the light at night. I also lay all my workout clothes out the night before so I can wake right up and go the next day.
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